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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

New Ideas for an Old Wedding Tradition


It's a longstanding wedding tradition that brides wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on their wedding day for good luck. And most brides interpret that practice in a similar way, with a blue garter, some borrowed and old jewelry, and a new wedding dress. Yet if you're looking to add some creativity, there are so many other stylish ways to incorporate old custom in a new way.

Ideas for Something Old

Ideas for Something New

Ideas for Something Borrowed

Ideas for Something Blue

And a Sixpence in Her Shoe

The history of this tradition:The full saying is actually, "Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe," and first appeared in print in 1883. American brides often leave off the last part of the saying, gathering only the first four items.

Something Old
is a symbol for her family, her past and tradition.

Something New
is a symbol for her new life ahead of her.

Something Borrowed
is traditionally borrowed from another happy bride, and symbolizes borrowed happiness.

Something Blue
is a symbol for fidelity, purity, and love. For Christian brides, it is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary.

A Sixpence in Her Shoe
is a symbol for future prosperity and wealth. The sixpence is a British coin that was in use from 1551 to 1967, and was worth six pennies. If you have a chance to purchase an antique coin, you can tape it to your sole for good luck.

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